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Ministerial visit supports Greater Manchester’s low carbon future

Greater Manchester will become a UK Low Carbon Hub today when Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey MP visits the region to sign a unique agreement.

The agreement between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is a recognition of its leadership in delivering low carbon initiatives.

It is also a commitment from the government to design and deliver new green initiatives in Greater Manchester. This will mean millions in funding to pioneer new low carbon approaches – reducing carbon emissions and bringing jobs and investment into Greater Manchester.

The visit will include some of the region’s flagship projects, including the multi-million pound low carbon refurbishment of Manchester’s historic Town Hall complex, the Town Hall Extension and St Peter’s Square.

The Minister will also receive updates on AGMA’s activities in deploying Green Deal ‘Go Early’ funding to ensure Greater Manchester has the right combination of skills, installers, technologies and incentives to help residents and businesses cut energy use and improve their buildings.

Mr Davey will meet with the Leader of Manchester City Council and other key stakeholders at the Co-operative Group’s new 1 Angel Square development to sign the agreement which supports the development of Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub.

The Hub aims to combine the knowledge of GM’s universities with the innovation of its businesses under the governance of the Combined Authority, working in partnership to deliver a low carbon future.

Leader Manchester City Council and Chair of Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub Board Sir Richard Leese said: “Cities provide the key to unlocking a low carbon future – it’s right that Manchester is a leader in this field. We have a history of innovation and we have a joint commitment to achieve real change. We have an ambition to be a leader in developing sustainable business.

“This agreement cements a unique partnership with DECC - creating opportunities and savings for our businesses and residents. Working with DECC in this way provides an opportunity for Greater Manchester’s ideas and innovative projects to shape future policy across the UK and beyond.”